10 good reasons for skiing in Zillertal

02/09/2020 - SnowTrex

If you are planning a ski holiday in Zillertal or have already booked one, you have definitely done everything right. 530 kilometres of pistes alone speak for themselves. But there are also numerous other reasons for skiing in Zillertal, the “most active valley in the world”. SnowTrex shows the top 10:

Panoramic view of the mountains in Zillertal.

1. Skiing in 4 large ski areas

Zillertal has four large ski areas for winter sports fans. With the “Zillertaler Superskipass” you have access to all of them – whether you manage to ski a total of 530 km of pistes is another story. Nevertheless, if you want a huge selection of pistes, you will definitely find them here, and for those who prefer a familiar, manageable area, there are several runs in the same area. You can choose between the Hochzillertal-Hochfügen-Spieljoch ski area, the Zillertal Arena, the Mayrhofner Bergbahnen ski area and the Zillertal 3000 Ski & Gletscherwelt. All areas can be easily reached by ski bus and are thus also interconnected.

High up to the summits of Zillertal.

2. Skiing on a glacier

All ski areas in Zillertal have a very high snow security. At the top is the ski area, at the Hintertuxer Glacier (Ski & Gletscherwelt Zillertal 3000). Here, at the icy end of Zillertal, winter sports fans can ski 365 days a year! The peak “Gefrorene Wand” (German: “frozen wall”), with its height of more than 3,000 m really lives up to its name.

3. Leisure activities for every preference

Zillertal has something for every preference when it comes to après ski. Anyone who thinks of “après ski” as a classic party will definitely find something in Mayrhofen, for example. There are numerous leisure activities for winter sports fans who want to take it easy after a day on the slopes or who are out with their families: Whether ice skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, curling, swimming, visiting museums or restaurants – the choice is endless.

View of a part of Mayrhofen.

4. Freeride paradise

Untouched powder snow and white expanses: winter sports fans who enjoy off-piste skiing will get their money’s worth in Zillertal. With over 65 freeride runs between 1,000 and 2,000 m altitude, fast entry and numerous variations, it is one of the largest deep-snow paradises in the Alps.

5. Deep black Harakiri slope

Technical expertise is not the only thing that helps on this slope – a lot of courage is also required here: the Harakiri slope in the Mayrhofen-Hippach ski area has a gradient of 78 percent, making it one of the steepest slopes in the Alps. The Harakiri has already made some experienced winter sports fans sweat.

6. Cross-country skiing on 125 kilometres

Not only fans of skiing or snowboarding get their money’s worth in Zillertal. Cross-country skiers will also find their trails here, which run through a well-maintained network of trails through Zillertal. A total of 125 kilometres of cross-country trails await Nordic athletes. Among them are also a demanding 9 km long high-altitude cross-country ski run at Hochfügen and several fantastic panoramic ski runs at Tux.

Cross-country skiing in Hintertux.

7. Families welcome

The Zillertal is one of the leading Alpine regions in terms of family friendliness. In addition to the standard equipment for children, numerous accommodations offer their own entertainment teams. On the piste, the youngest skiers are trained to become little skiers. The leisure programme is also impressive: swimming pools, various open-air attractions and events for the whole family round off the offer.

8. Top modern cable cars

Skiing in Zillertal is already an experience in some lifts. For example, skiers in the Fügen-Spieljoch ski area can expect a new 10-seater gondola lift with a completely newly built valley and mountain station. The gondola is state-of-the-art in terms of ride comfort: 3,000 passengers per hour, heated seats and Wi-Fi – almost a pity that the ride takes only 7 minutes.

The Spieljochbahn in Fügen.

9. Extraordinary places to sleep

Many winter sports fans are looking for the romantic adventure of spending a night in the middle of the skiing area. This is also possible in Zillertal – in igloo hotels. Here, you sleep in animal skins on an ice bed after having a cocktail at the ice bar in the evening. In addition, the overnight guests can usually expect a breathtaking starry sky, which seems to be much closer.

10. Unlimited accommodations with SnowTrex

If you are looking for a ski holiday in Zillertal, you should have a look at SnowTrex. There are over 100 accommodations on offer – whether for families with children, couples, groups or single travellers.

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